Taking a closer look: Cody Grimm

Is it time for "Beamer Ball" in Tampa? What will Cody Grimm bring to the field?

We continue to take a closer look at the Bucs 2010 draft picks, and our next rookie is linebacker Cody Grimm, selected with the 3rd pick in the 7th round, 210th overall, out of Virginia Tech. Grimm is 5’11″, 202 lbs., and was a walk-on at VT after receiving no Division I offers.

Grimm is a hard working, high IQ, over achieving linebacker that lacks size and power, but makes up for it with his determination and speed. A walk-on at VT, Grimm had to prove himself to Coach Beamer and long time defensive coordinator Bud Foster to earn a chance to play, and he didn’t disappoint. He had a career best last season with 4 sacks. According to Hokiesports.com, Grimm is a coaches favorite because he plays with a chip on his shoulders, having to prove himself at everything on the field, it makes him work that much harder than everyone.

Grimm is undersized, but has a knack for finding the ball and ball carrier. He lacks closing speed and does not have a great change of direction due to poor footwork and lateral speed. He uses his hands well and wraps up tackles. He has decent short range speed and can close quickly for a tackle. He is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman, Russ Grimm.

Grimm probably will not be a starter. He just lacks skill and size, but will be around to help provide depth and will find a way onto the field. He is already spending time working out at safety (a position that needs some work). He will be a great special team player and will become a fan favorite because of his work ethic.

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  • Kris

    The change of direction comment is misleading at best; if you look at Grimm’s numbers at VT, he had the best NFL shuttle on the team by a longshot. In fact, I think he scored extremely high on it at the combine, besting the linebackers by a mile and besting the cornerbacks. Check it out here: http://www.nfl.com/combine/top-performers?tabIndex=4

  • pewtermatt

    You have a good point here, Grimm does have quick feet in a short field, usually in the box. But he lacks overall speed when covering wide receivers in open space. When a receiver makes his cuts in long routes, Grimm often can’t change direction to keep up with the route and is often exposed. He does have incredible shuttle times, but against college competition is much different than in the pros. He will handle the speed of the NFL fairly well though.

  • john

    “Pound per pound the best football player I have ever coached.” Per Bud Foster, Defensive Coordinator VA Tech.

    The kid has a nose for the football and is a special teams standout.Give him some time and he will be a solid contributor at safety and on special teams from the get go.

    I think everyone in Tampa Bay will be pleasently surprised.

  • pewtermatt

    Great quote from one of the best defensive minds in the college game. Foster knows defense, so for him to give Grimm that kind of praise means something. Grimm will be an impact this year on special teams, I am expecting him to come up a huge play this year. He will become a fan favorite with his hustle to the ball and knowledge of the game.

  • Doob

    Grimm is supremely instinctive and technically sound in his tackling technique. In one game, he forced three fumbles in a grand total of four consecutive plays by the opposing team. Amazing. My prediction is he will become the next Steve Tasker (special teams ace from the Bills dynasty) and a fan favorite, representing the team and his alma mater with dignity, humility and class.

  • pewtermatt

    Well said, Grimm is exactly what the Bucs need on the field on both special teams and defense, when he gets his chances to play. He will bring a spark to the team and do it with class. Great role model for the Bucs to follow.

  • Derek

    His nose for finding the ball, forcing fumbles, play recognition, and instinct have made him a heck of a football player while at VT. I think he will still surprise the skeptics and earn a starting spot on special teams at the least, and perhaps be brought in on some defensive packages.

  • pewtermatt

    I agree, I can seem Grimm coming up with a fumble recovery or a special play that could turn a game around for the Bucs, he is just that type of special player. I find it difficult to see him at safety or linebacker, but I could see Raheem and company create special packages that could use his speed. He will be fun to watch for years to come.

  • Ryan

    There seems to be a glaring condradiction regarding his closing speed in this article. In the same paragraph these two statements were made:
    “He lacks closing speed and does not have a great change of direction …” and “He has decent short range speed and can close quickly for a tackle.”
    I think an accurate statement would be that for a college linebacker he had good speed and quickness, but as an NFL safety he will have below average speed and will need to rely on instinct and proper technique.
    Not trying to split hairs, just an observation.

  • pewtermatt

    The closing speed issue is for open field, lined up one on one with wide receivers, he does not have the down field speed to catch up to receivers and coming across the field or in a receivers break, he does not have the best speed in the world. In the box though, he has the burst to get to the ball carrier and keep everything in front of him.

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